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The Washington Report offers NCSHA members a weekly update on the latest affordable housing developments in Washington, as well as NCSHA activities and HFA initiatives and innovations. To learn more about NCSHA, membership, or upcoming events, please contact us. We welcome media inquiries; please contact Lisa BowmanDirector, Marketing and Communications.

NCSHA Washington Report | February 21, 2020

An important, if underappreciated, function of Congress is using its committees as venues for exploring emerging issues on which federal action may, or may not, be warranted. A good example...

NCSHA Washington Report | February 14, 2020

In the years after World War II, an average of one in five Americans moved every year. Last November, the Census Bureau reported the share had fallen below 10 percent for the first time,...

NCSHA Washington Report | February 7, 2020

When we left our spin through state HFA history at the end of the 1960s, the innovation of a few states seemed poised to sweep the country. In fact, 18 more states created HFAs between 1968 and...

NCSHA Washington Report | January 31, 2020

When President Trump established the White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing Development by executive order last summer, we recalled that the dozen...

NCSHA Washington Report | January 24, 2020

The laser focus of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s powerful regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, on moving the companies out of federal conservatorship continues to put pressure on the...

NCSHA Washington Report | January 10, 2020

One of the more positive trends of the 2010s that should accelerate in the years ahead is the interest of major health care industry players in pitching in on the housing affordability...

NCSHA Washington Report | December 20, 2019

The Council of Development Finance Agencies’ most recent report on how states are using tax-exempt “private-activity” bonds (PABs) makes two main points. The first is that while states...

NCSHA Washington Report | December 13, 2019

NCSHA is pleased to be collaborating with the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) on a series of case studies and other content on affordable housing developments in Opportunity Zones...

NCSHA Washington Report | December 6, 2019

Sixty years ago this week, the Pennsylvania state legislature enacted the Pennsylvania Housing Agency Law, the “first legislative response to the perceived need for state intervention...

NCSHA Washington Report | November 22, 2019

In the late ‘90s and early 2000s, HUD turned to state HFAs and local public housing authorities (PHAs) for help meeting a responsibility the department was unequipped to address itself:...